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14,000 Micras are recalled over fault in steering wheel


NISSAN Ireland will contact some 14,000 registered owners of Micras as part of an international recall.

The motor company announced this morning they were issuing a global recall which affects some 841,000 Micras made between December 2002 and May 2006.

The number of vehicles affected in Ireland stands at 14,000.

Testing showed that a nut that holds on the steering wheel can become loose over time.

As a result, drivers could start to notice some wobbling of the wheel and if this is ignored, there is the possibilty that it could completely fall off.

The company said there had been a number of incidents in which steering wheels became loose, but there had been no accidents.

According to a spokesperson for Nissan Ireland, the glitch was uncovered as part of a quality assurance testing.

"People will be written to in June, and they will be invited to go their nearest Nissan dealer where staff will inspect the fixing bolt.

"All that will happen is that the bolt will be tightened if necessary," she said.

"Service and quality are of the utmost importance to us."

It's understood the company will contact the Vehicle Registration Office in Ireland to contact Micra owners here.



Trevor Jones, manager of Windsor Motors Nissan dealers in Raheny, told the Herald today that all motorists will be treated the same, regardless of how old their vehicle is.

"What will happen in this instance will be the Vehicle Registration Office will be contacted for a list of the registered owners of Micras and they will be written to directly.

"The letters will ask customers to contact their local Nissan dealers as is the case in all recalls. It won't matter how old the car is. All will be treated the same."